Welcome to McGovern School, the early childhood center for the Medway Public Schools, and home to our preschool, kindergarten and first grade students and their dedicated teachers. It is a huge responsibility to be the foundation of a young child’s educational experience and it is one that we embrace and take very seriously. We are, after all, the “I Can” school where we foster the belief that all students can achieve, can be a good citizen, can make friends, and can have fun all at the same time.
It is our desire to partner with you, the parents, and work together to offer an enriching educational and social experience for all. The basis of any good partnership is strong communication. We will communicate with you on a regular basis throughout the year via this website and also on teacher websites. Please check the main page of the McGovern website to review updates and reminders about our school under “News and Notes”, and take a look at your child’s teacher website on a regular basis. On the main page, on the right hand side, you can also access the school and district calendars to keep track of upcoming events. It is also recommended that you become familiar with the Student Handbook. For example, the Student Handbook provides many details such as the 2016-2017 calendar of school days, school hours, dismissal routines, and no-school day procedures. This year, we have once again included a Frequently Asked Question section in anticipation of some concerns that have been raised in the past. We will also use Blackboard Connect when it is imperative that information is delivered to all families in a timely fashion.
The McGovern School Drop Off and Pick Up routines will be sent home on the first day of school and are also posted under quick links. For safety reasons, it is very important that these procedures are followed. This year, we have asked that preschool parents do not get in line until after 8:45 in the morning as K and grade 1 students are being dropped off until that time. Similarly, at the end of the day, grade one and K parents are asked to wait until 2:45 to "line up" so preschool dismissal can be completed smoothly. We appreciate you spending time becoming familiar with these routines and following the established procedures.
2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration
Medway Public Schools announces registration for Medway children who are eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2017.
Registration will be held in the Library of the McGovern Elementary School on Lovering Street on Tuesday, February 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Kindergarten registration packets are available for parents to pick up from February 1st in the McGovern Elementary School Office, 9 Lovering Street, Medway. These packets should be completed and returned at the time of registration.
To be eligible to enter kindergarten, a child must reach the age of five years on or before August 31, 2017. It is not necessary for the child to accompany the parent/guardian to the registration. A kindergarten screening will take place later in the spring, and will be scheduled at registration.
All of the following documentation must be presented at the time of registration or the parent/guardian may not register the child: (1) Proof of residence; (2 ) Birth certificate; (3) A copy of the child’s most recent physical which must include the child’s name, date of the exam, date of birth, height, weight, blood pressure, limitations, and restrictions; (4) An official immunization record, which must include the day, month and year of immunization (parent's notations are not acceptable), and verification of lead poisoning screening from the child's physician or health care provider. (Immunizations required by state law are: 5 doses of DTP/DTaP, 4 doses of Polio, 2 doses of MMR, 3 doses of Hepatitis B, 2 doses of Varicella or physician verified history of chicken pox); (5) Evidence that the child has passed a vision screening, including stereopsis, within the previous twelve months from child’s physician or health care provider.
Parents/guardians will receive additional information and the teacher assignment for the child during the summer.
Armand Pires, Ph.D.